A teacher was today struck off for asking a schoolgirl about her sexual experience after contacting her through Facebook.
Jack Fursdon, 25, messaged the pupil on the social media site and discussed her weight while employed at the Henry Box School in Oxfordshire.
The hearing in Coventry was told he sent messages to the teenager over three days and the pair discussed sexual topics.
Fursdon asked the girl about her sexual experiences, discussed pregnancy and used a sexual innuendo.
Jack Fursdon, 25, messaged the pupil on the social media site and discussed her weight while employed at the Henry Box School in Oxfordshire (pictured)
He first sent the girl a message in July 2016 when he was working at Marlborough School in Oxfordshire as a teaching assistant, but she did not reply until September.
She did not give evidence but said in a statement: ‘Not long into the conversation he started to ask some inappropriate questions which made me feel uncomfortable and scared.’
Fursdon accepted two of three misconduct charges but denied a third, that his behaviour was sexually motivated.
The hearing was told he contacted the former pupil, who was still under the age of 18, on social media after leaving his position at the Henry Box School.
But National College for Teaching and Leadership panel chairman Martin Pilkington said: ‘The panel did not find that Mr Fursdon could provide a credible alternative explanation as to his motivation.
‘In particular, the panel had regard to the evidence within the messages which showed Mr Fursdon initiated discussions of a sexual nature and repeatedly brought the conversation back to sexual topics and innuendo.
‘Taking into account the sexually explicit and inappropriate words and phrases used by Mr Fursdon, the panel considered that sexual motivation was more likely than not to have been his motivation.
‘In particular, the panel had regard to the evidence within the messages which showed Mr Fursdon initiated discussions of a sexual nature and repeatedly brought the conversation back to sexual topics and innuendo.’
He continued: ‘The panel found Mr Fursdon’s evidence as to his contrition and insight into his actions was credible and therefore did not find that there would be an ongoing risk to pupils.
The hearing in Coventry was told he sent messages to the teenager over three days while he was a teacher (stock photo)
‘It is necessary to impose a prohibition order in order to maintain public confidence in the profession. Mr Fursdon’s behaviour was sexually motivated.
‘I accept that the panel has found it was at the less serious end of that behaviour. For these reasons I have concluded that a prohibition order is proportionate and in the public interest.’
The panel recommended that Fursdon should be able to appeal against the prohibition order in two years’ time.
They said that he had been ‘extremely naive and foolish’ in sending sexually motivated messages to a former pupil under the age of 18, but said ‘his actions were at the less serious end of the scale’.
Fursdon was prohibited from all teaching indefinitely and cannot appeal until October 2019.